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Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Nobody Special, Dec 12, 2005.
Anyone ever had an upper endoscopy? Where the run a rod down your throat with a camera on the end?
Yes, Grumpy, I've had an endoscopy twice. It's a piece of cake. Just have to have someone take you home. Well my Dr. may have made it a piece of cake, but most people have no problem with them.
It helped find a burn in my esophagas from acid reflux. I thought I was having a heart attack a few times and was relieved to find it was GERD, a hernia and that the burn would heal if I did what the Doc told me. A burn can turn into cancer. That was why I had the second one a year later to check that out. Also, the first time, he had to stretch my espohagas, as it had a narrow spot in it. The burn healed but I have to stay on Prevacid for the rest of my life and watch how, what I eat and how I sleep. You should never go to bed until 2 hours after you have eaten if that is the problem and especially have no caffeine in those last 2 hours either. Of course they tell you to stay away from caffeine all together, too. LOL.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
P.S. They even gave me the pics from the camera. Interesting but NOT PRETTY. LOL
Thanks, I think that's what I got. I've been taking Prilosec OTC for about 3 months and it hasn't done any good. Of course I haven't yet quit the soda pops, pizza, and spicy foods and the big bedtime meals, but I think it's going to come down to where I have to.
Like Cheryl said... no problem.
I've had three endoscopies within about 6 months back about 15 years ago. Worse of all, I hated the stuff he sprayed in my throat to deaden it. He made me a video tape the last time when he took a sample of my stomach lining.
The first endoscopy was to stop a large bleeding ulcer, the other two times were for checks to see that the ulcer had healed.
Good luck on what you decide.
More advice my Dr. gave me:
1. Only take bites as big as your pinky fingernail. (How ridiculous I told him, since mine is only about a quarter inch square) I think it is more like, chew your food at least 18-20 times before swallowing.
2. Take 20 min. to eat. ( Yeah right, LOL, just eat slower, goes back to chewing, probably)
3. Prop the head of your bed up 8-12". You can either put a wedge under the mattress or raise the headboard. (my problem is that I am so short, I end up at the foot of the bed, usually)
4. No spicey food. No caffeine, no tomatoes, citrus or acidic fruits. I forget the rest of that list.
If I think of anymore, I'll list them for you. Good luck!
been there done that got the t-shirt. take omeprazole for the rest of my life. its like been said its not bad to go through. like cheryl they had to stretch my throat too. i been on these meds for 3 years now i can eat anything i want dont bother me do have to eat slow and lots of liquids when i eat for the most part. i ran out of my meds had to wait 3 days for the dr to rewrite another perscription man i thought i would die. these meds work good to heal your throat and stomach.